Steady voter turnout for Election Day

Posted: 5:39 PM, Nov 06, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-06 18:40:33-05

The lines formed early on election day at the Ashwaubenon Community Center.

As of 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, poll workers say 49% of registered voters had cast a ballot. The clerk expects turnout to reach at least 70% by the time polls close.

The Chief Inspector for Wards 5 and 6 in Ashwaubenon says they had to make some adjustments for this midterm election because of a record number of absentee ballots.

"It changed a little bit we have two extra polling workers and they will strictly be doing the absentees,” said Chief Inspector Judy Schroeder. “And we will be getting those around noon and their job is to go through all the absentees."

The Wisconsin Elections Commission says the number of absentee ballots turned in for this election broke the record set in 2014 for a midterm. More than 547,000 ballots have already been returned.